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Your voice matters
Start date: Sep 23, 2016, End date: Mar 22, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Youth Exchange “Your voice matters” will take place from 19 till 30 November 2016 in Ukmergė, Lithuania. This event will bring together 45 participants from Lithuania, Bulgaria, Poland, Czech Republic, Latvia and Italy. Participants will meet in order to raise their awareness of citizenship and law, to realize the need for active participation in the political life of their countries and Europe as a whole. Youngsters will identify the strengths and weaknesses of the policy in their countries, create on this basis a model of the ideal state where they would like to live, prepare and organize voluntary action in order to inform people about the importance of elections and convey to society the idea that every vote is important for the good of society.Participants will learn, discuss and analyse different topics related to raising awareness of young people in political matters, find ways to increase desire of citizens to participate actively in the political life of their country. The most important of them:- Benefits of citizenship in different countries and human rights;- Parliament as a legislative body, its main functions and role in the modern model of state governance;- Themed evenings for knowing legislative authorities in different European countries, various forms and types of governance;- Ideal state/Country of dreams;- Voting is the way to participate in the political life of the country and Europe;- Youth Parliament and local politicians about important topics and trends;- Youth activism in elections;- How to promote ideas for engaging young people and citizens in general in political activity;- Active EU citizens, a strong Europe and confidence in the future;and many other important issues of involving citizens in policy in a more detailed way.Best methods of non-formal education, such as presentations, games, brainstormings, role-playing games and other activities that will get everyone involved in the project. There will be many opportunities for relaxing, developing creative potential, improving communication skills with representatives of other cultures, promoting tolerance and at the same time expressing openly opinions and showing leadership skills.Participants will prepare and organize voluntary action where they will share their knowledge and views with other people, talk to the locals about why it is important to take an active role in society, offering interesting ideas for consideration by the authorities, about the importance to participate in elections and expressing opinions both for voters and state. Due to new knowledge and learning experience, which will be gained from Youth Exchange participants will share ideas with peers in their countries, as well as use interesting information for educational purposes and involving young people and citizens in political activity in their countries.During Youth Exchange will be created brochures with useful information about elections in local authorities and European Parliament. It will also include ideas and recommendations, calling for increasing the competence of youth, citizens and residents on policy issues and engaging them in action in order to participate in decision-making processes of their countries, build the ideal state and a brighter future for people living there. Brochures will be disseminated in participant's countries for long term effect.
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